Meet the Rheumatology team

Key members of the Rheumatology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) include:


Clarissa Pilkington
Chief of Service for Blood, Cells and Cancer Division
Special interests: lupus and dermatomyositis

Muthana Al Obaidi
Clinical Lead
Special Interests: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Sjorgens disease and Raynauds disease.
Systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis

Paul Brogan

Professor of Vasculitis and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
Special interests: vasculits and fever

Sandrine Lacassagne
Special interests: bone inflammation, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, JIA-associated uveitis, non-JIA associated uveitis, adnexal inflammation, fever and ERA

Despina Eleftheriou

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, Head of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Research and Teaching Department, Co-Director of Education (Clinical Academics)

Lucy Wedderburn
Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology,
Head of the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health's (ICH) Inflammation and Rheumatology Section, Director - Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology Versus Arthritis

Special interests: arthritis, dermatomyositis , precision medicine, mechanisms of disease

Elena Moratis

Consultant and Lead for Clinical network

Interests: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Charalampia Papadopoulou

Consultant and Educational Lead

Ovgu Kul Cinar

Locum Consultant

Inga Turtsevich

Locum Consultant

Corinne Fisher
Honorary Adolescent Rheumatologist

Harry Petrushkin

Honorary Consultant

Ameenat (Lola) Solebo

Honorary Consultant

Ilaria Testi

Honorary Consultant

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Ruth McGowan 
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Pelican Ward)

Karen Wynne
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rheumatology and Vasculitis

Yvonne Glackin

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Amber Putland (nee Richardson)
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Christine Twomey
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Giulia Galante

Clinical Nurse Specialist


Jill Ferrari
Podiatrist (at GOSH on Tuesdays)

Specialist Physiotherapists

Susan Maillard
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatric Rheumatology

Kim McKenzie

Katy Edebol

William Trapp


Charles Nelson
Physiotherapy Assistant

Lok Si (Jess) Ho

Physiotherapy Assistant

Occupational Therapists

Sarah Francis
Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist


Emma Piepenstock

Clinical Psychologist

Zaynah Muthy

Clinical Psychologist

Sinead Ruane

Clinical Psychologist

Zuleika Irvanipour
Clinical Psychologist

Social Workers

Anna Hawting
Social Worker

Pelican Ward/Ambulatory

Sarah Murphy
Ward Sister

Ian Steele
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Daisy Hewson
Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner


Jheni Morrison
Patient Pathway Lead

Jill Hartley
Medical PA

Natasha Brown
Medical PA

Abigail Massiah
Medical PA

Elo Abugo

Data Performance Coordinator

Mannikkam Rathakrishnan
Pelican Ward Coordinator

Grace Douglas

Patient Pathway Assistant

Vanisha Patel

Clinical Coordinator

Peter McMillan
Pelican Ward Adminstrator

Thamid Hussain
Pelican Ward Adminstrator

Management Team

Clarissa Pilkington - Chief of Service for Blood, Cells and Cancer Division

Muthana Al Obaidi - Speciality Lead

Emma Gilbert - Directorate Matron, Nursing Management

Esther Dontoh - General Manager for Blood, Cells and Cancer

Evelyn Sado - Interim Service Manager

Ilse Kwame Osei - Service Manager